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James Turrell: Master Of Illusion And The Light Inside

James Turrell bends light to his fancy, deceiving and delighting our eyes at the same time.

Aurora B: Tall Glass, 2010, LED, a gift of the estate of Isabel B. Wilson in memory of former MFAH director Peter C. Marzio.
Thomas DuBrock
Aurora B: Tall Glass, 2010, LED, a gift of the estate of Isabel B. Wilson in memory of former MFAH director Peter C. Marzio.

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Museum Of Fine Arts, Houston

1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77004

Category: Museums

Region: Kirby-West U

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"James Turrell: The Light Inside"

Through September 22 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, 713-639-7300.

But The Light Inside is a rare opportunity to enjoy so much optical splendor. Like Turrell's permanent works in the city, it's worth multiple visits. This is the kind of art you see and return to, bringing your friends and family. I'm also going to be buying a Lotto ticket in the hopes of some day getting my very own skyspace...with a couch.

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2 comments
modsch
modsch

Is it me, or is there some quantum effect among art critics whereby their writings are so grossly affected by other critics as to nullify their observations? Spiritual optics a la NYT? Wow, I'll never look at a bunch of electrically excited rare gases the same way. If I want to find god there are two places I won't look, a church, and a Turrell show. When i went, the minions swayed by the press' effusions, deployed their plagiarized vocabularies (so peaceful, calm, contemplative blah blah blah). Meanwhile, anyone with a modicum of spatial sense ran from the visual equivalent of water boarding. Black light neon blue hung like a picture frame, heavy orchestration as to seating and suggested "contemplating" of the ginned up barroom lighting by museum handlers--that's what i took away. 

Let's get real, if you want a twilight epiphany don't go to the artificial skylight warrens of MFAH or Rice, take a trip to the country on a cloudless day and watch the last gasp of green from the sun on the horizon and stay to count the stars.

MeredithD
MeredithD

I went yesterday and they were letting us put the booties over our shoes. But, the stairs to the ganzfeld piece were closed off because they were recently painted, so you could only stand on the white bench and stare into the piece. What a waste.

 
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